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Minnesota Local History News

Published: June 4, 2008

A weekly publication by the Minnesota Historical Society for professional local historians and historical organizations.

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Discussions and Questions

Brand Value for Historical Organizations (2 new messages) Similarly named places can lead to lots of confusion for the public despite best efforts at branding. How do you value a good name and then distinguish it from a crowd?

Improving Credibility (new post) In what ways have you sought to improve public confidence in your mission?

NOTE: Local History News will not be published on June 11, 2008 and will return to your inboxes on June 18, 2008.

Job Announcements

Field Representative

Preservation Alliance of Minnesota seeks a full-time Field Representative to work with agencies, organizations, and citizens across the state to facilitate preservation.  Contact Bonnie McDonald, 651-293-9047.

Local Events

US-Dakota War of 1862 tour

Redwood and Renville County Historical Society will jointly host a tour of sites related to the US-Dakota War of 1862 on Saturday June 21, 2008, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Contact Jill Wohnoutka, 507-697-6147.

Tolzmann in Olivia

Renville County Historical Society presents Don Heinrich Tolzmann, director of German-American Studies at the University of Cincinnati, on his book "German-American Pioneer Accounts of the Great Sioux Uprising" on Sunday June 22, 2008, 2 p.m. at the Olivia Public Library. Contact Jill Wohnoutka, 507-697-6147.

Wine event in Shakopee

Scott County Historical Society hosts local wine maker, Clarence Johnson, who shares his knowledge of how to make wine at home using every produce except grapes! Thursday June 5, 2008, 7-8:30 p.m. Contact Kathleen Klehr, 952-445-0378.

Meeting in Motley

Motley Area Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at the Motley City Hall Complex on Tuesday June 10, 2008, at 1:30 p.m. Contact Faye, 218-746-3863.

Women coming of age

TRACES Center for History and Culture announces "Women and Girls: Coming of Age in the 1930s, '40s and Today," a free event on Thursday June 12, 2008, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in Landmark's second-floor Galleria. Contact Naomi Stensgaard, 651-292-8700.

Historical needlework

On Thursday June 19, 2008, 7 p.m., Friends of LeDuc of Historic Hastings and Dakota County Historical Society will open the Needlework Antiquities Exhibit by hanging a crazy quilt created by Piecemaker Quilters and assembled in Hastings by volunteer and historian Cindy Thury Smith.  Annette Fisher and Dottie Bronowski will discuss the history and importance of antique needlework and needlecraft tools. 


Preservation in Mantorville

"Mantorville, owners at odds over future of historic building" appeared in the June 2, 2008 edition of the Rochester Post-Bulletin.

Politics and nonprofits

Just in time for the 2008 election season, the Internal Revenue Service posted an interview with Stephen T. Miller. Read or listen to his comments.

Summer gas prices and museum visits

Travel Industry of America's survey of Americans and their predicted summer travel shows gas prices will not deeply affect travel. However, the report suggests spending patterns may change.

Peterson honored

"Historical Society's executive director named a Distinguished Alumnus" appeared in the May 20, 2008 edition of the Stillwater Gazette.

Disaster planning tool

Northeast Document Conservation Center has an online disaster planning tool.

Update on property tax moratorium

The Minnesota Legislature passed a moratorium on assessment practices of property taxes for nonprofits.

Grant Deadlines

Free Corporate Grants Research Portal

Visitors to the NonProfit Times can search by business name or by recipient cause or location. Results include donor, recipient, donation amount range, year of donation and recipient city and state.

Grant and Award Opportunities Guide

Institute of Museum and Library Services released its Grant and Award Opportunities Guide for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2008.

State Grants-in-Aid Deadlines

Pre-applications are due Friday July 25, 2008 at 4:30 p.m. to the Minnesota State Grants-in-Aid program. Final applications are due Friday August 29, 2008 at 4:30 p.m. Contact Melinda Hutchinson, 651-259-3459.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Long-Range Preservation/Conservation Plan

Midwest Art Conservation Center presents a workshop in two convenient locations this summer to learn how to write a Preservation/Conservation Plan. Create a workable outline for this important institutional document that defines, sets goals and prioritizes funding for preservation and conservation at your institution. Contact Melinda Markell, 612-870-3128.

The New Tax Form 990: Why You Should Care

American Association of Museums presents a new Webinar on the new Form 990 on Wednesday, July 9, 2008, 2–3:30 p.m. (E.D.T.) $89 AAM members/$189 non-members. Register.

Field Note

Collections are not always held by nonprofit historical organizations. Longtime community businesses and civic organizations, such as the New Ulm Turnverein (organized in 1855), sometimes possess significant cultural collections. In what ways are you working with these kinds of collections in your community?

Storage room at Turner Hall in New Ulm.